Virgil - The Most Metal Poet
You may know nothing about me, and that's certainly fine in my book. I wish only to provide great stories and epic metal. However, I found someone with a mind such as my own. One who predates the Metal scene...but as the dark gods as my witness I believe Virgil is the most metal motherfucking poet to ever grace this doomed planet. How metal is he you ask? Let me batter you with some knowledge.
Dantes Inferno...most know of it, plenty have read it, now including me. As I journeyed with Virgil and Dante through Hell, I came to the realization that the atmosphere I gathered from the poets works were different forms of Metal. The fact that a man would write of himself, leading another around the detailed levels of Hell is certainly astounding, yet the biggest factor were the portrayals and moods he instilled. In the beginning, I believe it is more of a Melodic Death Metal design, ominous yet slow with powerful words and descriptions. A lean hungry wolf chasing the lost Dante. A portal that warns all travelers. Souls deceased and undecided. Later, we move on to straight up Black Metal, dealing with demons, Lucifer, and grotesque perversions of human bodies. Let us not forget how large this whole endeavor is, leading me to say Epic Metal as well. Speed Metal would be correct for the encounters with the roaming centaurs and the enraged demons, both having a hurried pace and tense surroundings.
To top this whole discovery off, I leave you with some crazy irony/coincidences. I knew nothing of Virgil's work until I read Dantes Inferno, already having listened to Stormlords album Hesperia and deeply loving it. Ready for this though? The whole album is based around the Aenead, an epic about Aeneas after the fall of Troy. Who was the author that spawned such a tale and then subsequently influenced a Metal album!? That's right, Virgil! He was Metal before Metal. I mean, check out some of the "lyrics" from the Inferno...
"A devil awaits with a sword back there to carve each of us open afresh..."
"All through time we progressed toward the core where all gravity convenes, I quaked in that eternal chill."
"By sorrow heaped upon sorrow, the soul went away like one whom grief has made insane."
This man has become a personal hero of mine now. With my musical and writing taste being inclined to his very works I cannot help myself but to read more of his stories, purchasing more of his albums if you will. However, I believe the Inferno is personal for everyone. It reminded me of the hardest and most difficult times of my life, and how, without aid and constant movement, I would not have found my way from that wicked place. A mind such as Virgil's is one I wish I could have met. May I spirits meet in the afterlife...
*Heavy guitar riffs*
*Machine Gun Drums*
THE MAD BARRON